Tomatoes and basil (but mostly tomatoes)

Today we picked this year’s very first tomato! A gorgeous and perfect-looking cherry tomato:

It was so cute!
It was so cute! (“Was” because we just had to eat it, of course.)

But here’s the thing — we have no idea what kind of tomato it was! In fact, we kind of have no idea what happened when we were planning things out. According to our planting map, the plant this cherry tomato came off of was supposed to be a Black Krim, which produces very large, dark purple tomatoes. The only cherry tomatoes we recorded as having planted are Super Sweet 100s, which produce numerous small fruits, and Yellow Gooseberry cherries, which are supposed to be, well…yellow. This cherry tomato (and others on the plant) measured a good few inches around.

The mystery tomato plant in question. (More will soon be in our stomachs!)
The mystery tomato plant in question. (More will soon be in our stomachs!)

Since our Black Krim seeds were ones we had saved from last year, it’s possible that another type of seed, maybe the Rite Bite variety, another cherry tomato, got mixed in. It’s also entirely possible that because we’ve generally been planting our tomatoes so close together, some cross-pollination happened at some point, and we have something new. Whatever happened, the plant itself is absolutely huge and is very prolific! In fact, almost all of our tomato plants are doing incredibly well. Below is a gallery of how things look as of today.

The tomatoes on the side of the house are nearly 5 feet tall! The vast majority are chery tomato plants that rotted from seeds left in the soil from last year.
The tomatoes on the side of the house are nearly 5 feet tall! The vast majority are cherry tomato plants that rooted from seeds left in the soil from last year.
Well, not all of them are cherry tomatoes...
Well, not all of them are cherry tomatoes…
In the stone bed, the Romas are flourishing!
In the stone bed, the Romas are flourishing!
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A couple larger tomatoes are hiding in there somewhere!
At the back of the house, the tomatoes (and peppers) are doing oh so well!
At the back of the house, the tomatoes (and peppers) are doing oh so well.

And what of the basil we mentioned in the title? We’ve got lots of that too!

A beautiful mix of Red Genovese, Lettuce Leaf, Mammoth, and Sweet basil.
A beautiful mix of Red Genovese, Lettuce Leaf, Mammoth, and Sweet basil.

Having so many crops of basil has made for some really delicious meals. The red (purple) basil has a slight licorice tinge, while the green varieties of basil all have varying degrees of potency. Each is incredibly tasty, fresh or dried, and works very well in a number of different sauces. Depending on how much more basil we get, we plan on making some pesto, but for the most part we’ve been drying it in our dehydrator. It doesn’t take very long to dry, and the dried basil is perfect in so many recipes (not just pasta sauce). At this rate, we’ll be in basil heaven until next growing season, and that is a very good thing. 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Tomatoes and basil (but mostly tomatoes)

  1. fmajewicz 07/21/2014 / 10:43 am

    We are still waiting for our tomatoes. Your aunt said she has to get in and take some of the leaves off each plant so that the tomatoes can get some sun. It will be great to eat our first tomato. Last year’s crop had no or a bad taste.

    • Garden State-ments 07/27/2014 / 8:31 pm

      Here’s hoping that your tomatoes come in soon! Tomatoes are always a gamble; sometimes you get a good crop, and sometimes you get a bad variety. We’ve had pretty good luck so far, but we’ll see how it goes soon with some of the odder varieties that we’ve planted.

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